Gayle McDowell



Consultant, Software Engineer, Author, Entrepreneur, MBA.

  • Led interview training program for big and small companies (Uber, Visa, Sumo Logic, Fastly, Yahoo, etc);
  • reformed and structured hiring process
  • Wrote 3 books, one of which is in Amazon's top 300 books and has been published in 8 languages.
  • Led multiple startups through acquisitions, preparing their dev and PM teams for acquisition interviews.
  • Built various features as a software engineer for Google, Microsoft, and Apple.

Specialties: Consulting, Software Development, Entrepreneurship, Publishing, Writing, Career Advice.

After working as a software engineer for Google she joined a small venture capital-funded startup company as the Vice President (VP) of engineering before being awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania McDowell subsequently founded her own business,, which helps people prepare for interviews at tech companies

First published in 2008, her book Cracking the Coding Interview provides guidance on technical job interviews, and includes solutions to example coding interview questions. She has also published books on Cracking the PM Interview (for product managers: PMs), Cracking the PM caree and Cracking the Tech Career Her work has been covered widely in the press including coverage in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, and Fast Company.